The AVIMo research project focuses on the relationships between the movement of vessels and delays of work activities in offshore wind farms. The overall goal of the project is to combine weather and sea state data with specifically modeled work vessel movements in a logistical planning demonstrator.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021
IWES researchers will develop and test production methods to reduce the production time for rotor blades. To this end, the team is working to parallelize production steps. In addition, a 3D laser measurement system, which is suitable for assuring the quality of blade production, will be tested for the first time.
BMWi, 10/2018 – 03/2022
The project partners are investigating the possible use of individual pitch control (IPC) in order to identify various optimization options for wind turbines. The goal is to reduce fatigue loads and sound emissions using IPC and, at the same time, have a positive impact on power generation and optimize the wind field in the wake of wind turbines.
BMWi, 01/2020 - 12/2022
As part of the “Future rotor blade concept” research project, scientists at Fraunhofer IWES are developing new methods to test rotor blade prototypes that provide significantly more realistic data and allow a load-appropriate design to be produced. At the conclusion of the first phase of the research project, which will take five years in total, the infrastructure will be operational and the test methods developed to significantly reduce energy production costs.
BMWi, EFRE (Land Bremen) 12/2015 - 12/2021
The aim of the project is to ensure that experimental testing of very long rotor blades remains economically viable for manufacturers. New testing procedures for the investigation of segments will offer a better understanding of critical areas and thus increase the informative value of the tests considerably.
BMWi, EFRE (Land Bremen), BMBF 01/2019 - 12/2021
This model project comprises the development of a hydrogen production unit and a value-added chain in Bremerhaven. The project partners ttz Bremerhaven, Hochschule Bremerhaven and Fraunhofer IWES will test applications in the logistics and transport sector as well as the food industry.
EFRE, 03/2020 - 02/2022
Innovative materials - hybrid materials and nano-modified material systems - will be developed and tested. The target is to achieve greater insights into the effect and damage mechanisms of these material systems. Especially the challenges associated with the processing on an industrial scale will be examined.
BMWi, 03/2019 - 02/2022
In the HAPT research project researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems work to establish the foundations for the further development of blade bearings. It is also aimed that the project results will allow the use of individual pitch control systems for load reduction – a primary goal of the manufacturers.
BMWi, 01/2016 - 06/2021
To date, there are no certified approaches for estimating the service life of rotor blade bearings. The HBDV joint project "Design of Highly Loaded Slewing Bearings" aims to draw up a guideline with the aid of which rotor blade bearings can be designed safely and uniformly in the future.
BMWi, 10/2018 - 09/2021
With the aim of rendering the design of large rotor blades as cost-effective as possible, Fraunhofer IWES will investigate in the HighRe project common design procedures and assess their validity. This involves measurements on one of the world’s largest wind turbines.
BMWi, 06/2019 - 05/2022
Within the project, a new test stand is being set up and a new testing methodology for minimal systems – comprising a high-speed generator and a converter system for WT - will be developed. The aim is to accelerate the procedure of electrical certification and to improve predictability of the market launch for new products.
BMWi, 07/2017 - 08/2021
In order to test the high-performance electronics used in wind turbines subject to combined climatic and electrical loading realistically, test and trial facilities for complete converters are being developed for turbines with outputs of up to 10 MW. For this reason, the causes of failure are also being researched and concepts for optimizing the robustness of power electronics are being developed and tested in experiments.
BMWi, 10/2017 - 12/2021
Together with the project partners Institute for Geotechnical Engineering (IGtH) and Test Center Support Structures in Hannover (TTH) (both affiliated with the Leibniz University Hannover), the IWES is investigating the applicability of approaches to describe the soil-structure interaction of monopile foundation under cyclic loading by means of large tests.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021
The project partners Fraunhofer IWES and GERICS are working to determine the impact of climate change on wind potential in the next 50 years in order to derive specific recommendations for action so as to take these effects into account in wind farm yield assessments.
BMWi, 02/2021 - 01/2024
Within the scope of the LastVal project, Fraunhofer IWES is developing a laboratory environment for validating complete mechanical systems by means of the defined overlaying of loads in a scaled range. The results are supposed to help wind turbine developers to optimize modeling and simulation processes.
BMWi, 06/2018 - 05/2021
Within the project, a new hybrid material based on epoxy foam will be examined and qualified. Especially the damage process at positions where two materials are connected will gain attention. The development of testing and monitoring methods that are attuned precisely to the material properties complement the project.
BMWi / PtJ, 01/2019 – 12/2021
Development of a monitoring buoy for autonomous, large-scale measurement of environmental marine data for planning officers and the offshore economy. The buoy records the environmental parameters at sea with an extended range: up to a height of 200 meters and across the entire water column thanks to the use of a chain of sensors.
BMWi, 12/2016 - 05/2021
This project aims to develop a comprehensive damage monitoring system for rotor blades and will utilize both acoustic and structural mechanical processes to pinpoint damage, detect damage to rotor blades at an early stage, and prevent system downtimes and yield losses.
BMBF, 03/2017 – 09/2021
Icing on wind turbines can cause severe loss of earnings. The partners of the project OptAn-Ice will improve the usage of anti-icing techniques on wind turbines blades for developers and operators. CFD simulations will be compared and validated with experimental testing results. Testing series with blade coatings will be conducted, and icing at a certain turbine type will be simulated.
BMWi, 01/2018 - 06/2021
The RAVE research initiative has accompanied the first German offshore wind park for research purpose right from the start and linked up the projects associated with the 12 offshore turbines. The main goals of the new research project are reduction of the levelized cost of energy and riskassessment. Within "OpenRAVE" Fraunhofer IWES will continue to coordinate the research activities in the years to come and along with the public relations work.
BMWi, 02/2020 – 01/2025
The project ReaLCoE aims at unleash the full potential of offshore wind energy to be in direct competition with conventional energy sources in electricity markets worldwide. Over the course of the project, the consortium will develop, install, demonstrate, operate and test a technology platform for the first prototype of a double-digit rated capacity turbine in a realistic offshore environment.
EC Horizon 2020, 05/2018 – 09/2021
The influencing factors that trigger defects of power electronic components will be systematically assessed in order to develop efficient protection. On the basis of experimental investigations, damage models and models for calculation of the remaining service life are generated. At the same time, comprehensive failure and operating data is evaluated and field measurements are carried out.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021
The project is supposed to improve installation methods for offshore wind turbines and to stimulate the use of noise-reduced vibration for pile driving. The focus is on the physical causes of the set-up effect observed at both - rammed and vibration-driven piles.
BMWi, 11/2017 – 11/2021
Within the scope of the Wind Turbine Doctor project, the project partners are employing stochastic methods to optimize the monitoring and maintenance of wind turbines. The aim is to develop an innovative monitoring tool for wind turbines based on existing sensor technology and data collection systems.
BMWi, 06/2018 - 11/2021